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"All The World's A Cage" by Liu Dao
TITLE "All The World's A Cage" (困心)
ARTIST Liu Dao 六岛
MEDIA Oil painting on canvas
DATE Made in island6, Shanghai 2012
SIZE 100(W)×200(H) cm | 39.4(W)×78.8(H) inches

UNCRATED: 8 kg | 17.6 lb • CRATED: - kg | - lb


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EXPOSURE Exhibited in "island of Oddities: The Yüan Meng Ch'ien Collection" at island6 Shanghai

Angela Yao (performance) • Xu Yihan 徐义涵 (painting) • Loo Ching Ling 吕晶琳 (photographic research) • Thomas Charvériat (art direction)


A sharp intake of breath; a scared gulp. How did she end up in this mess? The horror of it all was overwhelming. "Her", the heiress to Princess Xu Mu 许穆, stuck in a cage like a vulgar bird. Locked in this bamboo prison, one starts to wonder about the significance of it all. It's oddly reassuring, in the end, to be stuck in this cage. Far from the troubles of the world, sheltered like a precious animal, one is left with only his own thoughts. Are these red wooden bars unbreakable? And if so, who's to say life will definitely be better on the outside? Things haven't been looking up so much lately, so at least captivity adds a certainly je ne sais quoi to an otherwise dull and dreary life. [Nicolas Grefenstette]

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